Abutilon X hybridum, or a hybrid commonly called Flowering Maple, Chinese Lantern. McDonald happened on this specimen available in three-foot sized plant topiaries at a local beach nursery. He has grown several hybrids of Flowering Maples in the Beaches area over the past two years. They die back in winter and return again in spring. (photo submitted)

Some common names for plants can be misleading

Common names for plants can be problematic, because the same name is often used to refer to completely different species and plants. In my lifetime, I have grown three different plants that are commonly called “Chinese Lantern”. Each of the three, however, is completely different. I first became acquainted with one of these,

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